Here are 10 tips on how to enhance mental health and well-being when working from home: 

  1. Set up a dedicated workspace, which should be as free from distractions as possible.
  2. Develop a schedule, which includes phases of focused work as well as breaks.
  3. If possible, divide and share times dedicated to child and pet care.
  4. Organise your email communication and reserve dedicated times for responding to emails.
  5. Try to establish simple routines which don’t require any self-control, such as a coffee break or starting your working day with an easy routine task.
  6. Set up dedicated times for work and leisure – and stick to these times.
  7. Refrain from setting impromptu goals (such as, “I will stop working once I finish this task”) as deadlines for finishing work.
  8. If possible, work in a different room than the one you spend your leisure time in. Particularly avoid working in your bedroom as it may remind you of work related issues, preventing detachment when you go to sleep. (If you don’t have the option of a different room, then try to tidy away everything that may remind you of work.) 
  9. Refrain from all forms of work related communication during non-work time.
  10. Engage in absorbing activities, which capture your full attention after work. Good examples include exercise, cooking, mindfulness meditation, or focused playing with your children or pets.